Newsletter December 2016

Newsletter December 2016



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“The Spirit of Christmas” – Christmas Performance 2016

Dear families,

This year we are proud to share with you that our older children Y4/Y5/Y6 are joining the older children from Hunningley Primary School and a large cast from Barnsley Academy to bring to you a performance called ‘The Spirit of Christmas’

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-15-40-35Each class has a single number to perform for which they will need a costume.

Y4 are performing a number from ‘The Snowman’. They will need pyjamas, woolly hats, scarves and gloves or mittens.   

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-15-40-42Y5 are performing a number from ‘The Nutcracker Suite’. For this, boys will need black trousers and a plain black t-shirt. Girls will need white footless tights- Amazon have them for £1.79-and a pale coloured crop or wrap cardigan. Tutus will be provided by school. 

Y6 are performing ‘Hard Knock Life’. For this number all children will need old raggy clothes that make them look like poor orphans. We can always sew patches or shred hems if needed.

All children will perform barefooted.

The children are required to perform three times on Wednesday 14th December at 11am, 2pm and 6pm. All children must be back at the academy at 5pm to prepare for the 6pm performance.

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-15-40-55We have a full day of rehearsals on Tuesday 13th and a full day of performances on Wednesday 14th December. For both these days your child(ren) will need packed lunches and drinks to keep them going. All children in receipt of Free School Meals will have their packed lunches provided.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you for your continued support!

Nic Thorpe

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Inclement Weather Update

Dear Parents/Carers

The winter is fast approaching and hopefully we will have an easy journey through the bad weather. However, it is important that we share with you our procedures for school closure should the weather become too bad. Throughout the winter we will endeavour to open school every day to make sure that children and their learning come first.  However, if the Schools Leadership feels that the weather would put children and adults at risk, we will close the school to ensure their safety.

There are 5 ways that we will inform you of our decision:

  1. We will send a text through schoolcomms so please make sure we have your most up to date number, (sometimes when the service is busy it can take a while for the messages to be arrive on your phone)
  2. Listen to Dearne FM 102 and 97.1 or check their website 
  3. Check our School Facebook page
  4. Check the post-it note facility on our School Website
  5. Update information on the Barnsley website 

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 09.46.13If it does snow but we feel that it is still safe to be open, please send your chid(ren) in suitable clothing so that they can get outside to play during the day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind Regards

Donna Barker
Head of School  

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This week was a very eventful one down in year 4.

The children were treated to Christmas party games, Christmas dinner and then a pantomime down at Barnsley Academy. As well as that, on Thursday we had a special visit from Warburtons who came in to lead a workshop around healthy eating. The children were excited to taste different kinds of bread and then had chance to make some of their own to take home.

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Christmas Fun

On Tuesday the children in Year 2 had a fantastic time at their party morning and their visit to the pantomime. The enjoyed making Christmas biscuits, cards and other crafts in the morning. In the afternoon went down to Barnsley Academy to watch Cinderella. They had a fantastic time joining in with songs and chants with the characters.

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Year 5 have been incredibly busy this week…

…preparing their art skills for the seasonal gifts of cards and calendars for Christmas. The art techniques have been varied and although a class secret, they have required several ‘dry-runs’ to build prototypes for the ideas. Cutting, sticking, gluing, using pastels, drawing shapes in card, writing and designing have been some of the skills that children have had to focus on to get the creations correct so wait and see for the amazing contributions, next week!  

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Christmas Party!

On Tuesday, Year 6 had a Christmas Party. To keep themselves entertained, they made a variety of Christmas treats such as: rice crispy Christmas trees; glittery, festive baubles, snowflake classroom decorations; and Christmas cards. We had to vacuum the classroom TWICE because we made a glittery, rice crispy mess but it was worth the cleaning up as we had loads of fun!

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Year Three Christmas Party

A good time was had by all.

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Y5 Readers

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Poppy Field

During creative curriculum we have been exploring using our paintbrush to create different effects. We have focused on using watercolours to produce poppy field art work and are so pleased with the finished masterpieces. We have had such a very busy week preparing for the Christmas performance that we could not wait for golden time on Friday. We absolutely loved working and playing together in a range of areas and activities. Once again we are celebrating some amazing reading champions in Year One his week. Well done everyone.

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This week in Reception we have had two very special deliveries…

Firstly on Monday we received a parcel whilst we were out playing; was it from a pirate? Was it a toy sent from the school office? The children discussed all kinds of ideas about where the parcel had come from. When we opened it there was a letter and some candy canes sent from Santa, he wanted the children to write a letter to him and of course they were really excited to get started straight away. On Thursday we received our second delivery an Elf sent from Santa, his mission was to watch the children and report back to Santa each night. Our mission was to give the Elf a name, after a discussion and lots of ideas we agreed with Duke. 
Lastly I would like to say a big thank you for all the effort that went into making decorations for the Christmas tree, all entries will receive their homework bravo points, and the winning decoration will receive extra bravo points. 
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Year 5 have been working very hard with their class book, Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce, this week.

The story features Tom Long, who discovers the grandfather clock in the house in which he is staying, strikes thirteen at midnight and he can see another world in which there is a girl named Hatty. This week, we have been using the idea of Shared Read to analyse the text, identifying features such as the use of conjunctions, adverbial phrases and interesting language then answering questions about the text like we do in Guided Read sessions. The children have also been using their skills learned from the assemblies such as Powerful Predictor to predict how Hatty was injured and what her future will be.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

This week in Nursery children have explored the post office role play, learning how and what we use it for. The children have followed steps from writing their letters, putting them in envelopes and adding names and addresses. Children remembered and talked about the letters they wrote to Santa, using this as a great speaking and listening activity.
In the water tray we have explored different textures using water orbs and ice, again using our speaking skills to describe what they feel like and also using our imagination to role play this area as a home for our arctic animals.
On Thursday children were excited to share their experiences of their advent calendars from home and also learn of the Elf visitor in our classroom. We have decorated our classroom as a team and look forward to more Christmas crafts over the next fortnight.

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This week Year 4 have been starting to prepare their Christmas arts and crafts.

We produced some beautiful Winter scene sketches and some festive Christmas chains to decorate our classroom. We have started working on our calendars – prepare to be amazed when the children bring them home !

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Feeling Festive


This week, Year 6 have started making a very special gift for parents. They have been creative and applied art skills, that they have learned so far this year, to create a very special something. I can’t give much more away.

You’ll have to wait and see…

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Baa Baa Bethlehem!

sheepThe children from Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 are taking part in their Christmas Performance ‘Baa Baa Bethlehem’ on Tuesday 13th December 2016 at 1:30pm in the school hall. Tickets are currently strictly limited to a maximum of two per family due to numbers. Tickets can be collected from the School Main Reception from tomorrow (Wednesday 30th November). 


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Place Value and Peer Assessment

This week we have continued to develop our place value knowledge. We have worked on numbers to 20 using straws to count on from 10. This has supported our understanding of tens and ones and we have been able to make jottings to represent teen numbers. In literacy, we have been writing letters to woodland animals inviting them to the Gruffalo’s birthday party and attempting to reassure them that they will not be eaten. We have worked with our shoulder partners to assess and improve each other’s letters. We focused on letter height, direction and formation while ensuring capital letters, fingers spaces and full stops were all used correctly. We are happy to celebrate some more fantastic reading champions this week.

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